It was there, with my blanket wrapped around my shoulders, the birds cooing in the tree next to me, and my face feeling the biting sensation of the cool autumn morning, I felt an enormous sense of relaxation. Sometimes God speaks to us when we aren’t expecting. And in that moment, He was asking me to sit there on my chair facing the rising sun and take a few minutes to calm my ever-racing mind down.
It’s easy to take something that should be used as a strength and abuse it to the point where it becomes a weakness. A constant barrage of ‘thinking ahead’, working, scheduling, and studying is overwhelming. These things are very important, but when you’re in your twenties, you shouldn’t be at such a point of mental exhaustion that you have to fight to stay awake past 9pm on a Friday night. Do work hard, study, make goals and take leaps and bounds to achieve them. But find time in the week to unwind and reflect. Even if it’s only for a few minutes. Maybe it’s prayer, meditation, yoga, surfing, driving in silence, reading before bed …
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
God wants us to seek Him for understanding and not to rely completely on ourselves. Seek Him, and He will light a path for us that leads us where we need to be.
My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.
For those who are not familiar with the Bible, God told this to Moses when he was in distress concerning the Israelites he had just led out of slavery in Egypt. God’s presence would lead the people to a new home and a place to find peace. Commonly referred to as ‘the land flowing with milk and honey.’
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Find five minutes in your day to reflect and rest with God. Then jump back on the road and put the pedal to the metal! God will high five you from the passenger seat!
“For nothing will be impossible with God.”Luke 1:37
“And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” Galatians 6:9
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:31
I love visiting Honolulu, Hawaii. The laid-back feel, the sound of waves crashing on the shore, the smell of sweet floral tones… with pineapple in one hand and an ice-cold virgin Mai Tai in the other, it is a feeling a pure relaxation. However, there is a special ‘ceremony’ of sorts that happens every evening as the sun sets along the Waikiki Beach. Among the beautiful hotels, comfortable lawn chairs, and open-air terraces there are a sprinkling of tiki torches lined up on the pathways. Each twilight, a man will run from torch to torch and ignite the wicks – moving quickly so that there may be light by the time the sun has fully disappeared below the horizon. He is usually dressed in traditional Hawaii clothing, so the flocks of tourists are often eager to snap a picture of him, or even better, with him. However, because the job is required to be a swift one, the man comes and goes before anyone can even open their camera app. But… you will always know where he’s been by the light he’s left.
What light are you leaving behind?
P.S. – Here is my cousin and I a few years ago when we actually caught the torch-bearer… don’t laugh too hard! LOL